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In September, on the 29 and 30th, I’ll be speaking (with Toni Negri, Rupert Soar, Jean Didier Vincent, Francois Jouve, John Holland, and Greg Lynn) at the University of South California on the topic of mind and machine. There’s no programme yet, but I’ll place a copy here when it becomes available

The event is interdisciplinary, and involves neurobiologists, mathematicians, architects, and philosophers. It’s organized by François Roche, whose work as an architect using Deleuze is absolutely compelling.



Morphomata ‘Creativity of Finding’ Conference

The programme is now available for the Morphomata symposium, ‘Creativity of Finding: Figurations of the Quotation’. It runs from the 3 – 5 November 2010 at the University of Cologne. I’ll be speaking on Friday the 5th about “Skeuomorphology and the Evolution of Literary Quotation”.


Forthcoming talks, part 2

I’ll be speaking at Who’s afraid of…? Facets of Fear in Anglophone Literature and Media at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, which runs on the 24-5 September. The talk is provisionally titled “A Formula of Fear: Hollywood’s Return to Romanticism”.

On the 4-6th November, I’ll be talking about “Skeuomorphology and the Evolution of Literary Quotation”, here at the Universität zu Köln, at the Morphomata Kolleg event provisionally called ‘Creativity of Finding: Figurations of the Quotation’ [no programme yet].


Forthcoming talks, part 1

A proleptic roundup of some conference talks & guest lectures:

On the 24th of April I’m speaking at Modernism and Utopia: Convergences in the Arts about “The Machinery Underground: Subterranean Space and Modernist Utopias”. This is a 2-day conference on the 23rd and 24th at the University of Birmingham, UK.

On the 11th of June I’m talking with Alex Burghart at l’Université Paris IV-Sorbonne on “Ruins of statues and the dystopian landscape”. This presentation is part of a book we’ve been writing on the apocalyptic imaginary in English and American history; the event is a symposium organized by Prof. Jacques Carré on «Utopie, ville et paysage dans le monde anglophone». It runs on the 11th and the 12th.

On the 17th & 18th of September at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany, I’ll give a paper at the conference Contemporary British Fiction: Narrating Violence, Trauma and Loss, on “Traumatic Irony: A Model of Unintentional Disclosure”.


O. Henry

On the 5th of June it’s the 100th anniversary of O. Henry’s death. I’ll be on Zeitzeichen on WDR, talking about his life and literary works.


Round Table on Elitism

Elitism round table, Cologne

On the 9th of June there’ll be a round table discussion about the concept of elitism in education in Germany. With Prof. Dr. Tassilo Küpper, the Rektor of Cologne Uni from 2001 to 2005, Prof. Dr. Sylvia Heuchemer, the Vice-Rektor of Cologne Fachhochschule, Dr. Kerstin Dell of the Cusanuswerk (a foundation which provides doctoral funding and support for Catholics in Germany), and Julia Mölders, student at the private Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, I’ll be debating the advantages and disadvantages of meritocratic educational systems. More details here.


UEA Ballard conference

There’s much more information now available on the conference on J. G. Ballard, on the 5th and 6th of May at UEA. As well as the full programme of events, there are also abstracts now online.


Further details on UCD

Next week the events at UCD take place. On Wednesday the 4th of April I’ll be giving a lecture on “Deleuze and the Machine in Schizophrenic Art”; this will take place in the School of English at 4pm. On the following day, I’ll be running a workshop on key concepts in Deleuze and Guattari, from 10am ’til 5pm. This session is aimed at non-philosophers who are using, or who are considering using Deleuze in their own work. Which of Deleuze’s concepts are best suited to the varied tasks and sub-fields of criticism?

During the workshop we’ll be working initially on basic concepts, and then on some examples of their application in literary criticism, film studies, queer theory, and archival work. By focusing on the methodological problems specific to these disciplines, we should be able to identify which of Deleuze’s concepts are most appropriate to each discipline; we should also be able to discard those concepts which are less suited to the work of criticism.


Conference on J. G. Ballard

On the 5th and 6th of May there’s the first ever conference on Ballard’s work, held at the University of East Anglia. Called “From Shanghai to Shepperton”: An International Conference on J.G. Ballard, it’s a pretty wide-ranging event, with over 40 speakers involved. There’s even a session on Ballard and Deleuze, which sadly I’ll miss, as at the same time I’m speaking in another session, on “Reading Posture and Gesture in Ballard’s Novels”. This is clearly some kind of divine punishment for writing something which isn’t about Deleuze… The final programme is now available at the conference website (follow the above link).


Guest lecture & workshop on Deleuze at UCD

I’ll be at University College, Dublin on the 4th and 5th of April; on the Wednesday to give a lecture about Deleuze’s relation to schizophrenic art, and on the Thursday to run a workshop on key concepts in Deleuze and Guattari. More details soon.